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Clapton To Build Drug Rehab Center

March 30, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Eric Clapton could become the Betty Ford of the 21st century.

The singer-songwriter announced plans to build a 36-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, modeled after the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, on the West Indies island of Antigua.

The center, called Crossroads, has already named as its executive director Anne Vance, a former Betty Ford Center administrator.

Clapton is spending $5 million of his own money on the project, which he called ``a Robin Hood type of thing″ when he spoke publicly about it during a recent interview on CNN’s ``Larry King Live.″

Crossroads will treat local addicts for a nominal fee while outsiders will pay about $9,000 for the 30-day treatment.

``The target is one-third of the beds for all the islands, but particularly for Antiguans, because Eric loves Antiguans,″ Vance told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.

Clapton owns two homes on the island. The Antiguan government sold him the secluded 10-acre waterfront Crossroads site for about $100,000.

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